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Social Identity Wheel

The Social Identity Wheel

The Social Identity Wheel worksheet is an activity that encourages students to identify social identities and reflect on the various ways those identities become visible or more keenly felt at different times, and how those identities impact the ways others perceive or treat them. The worksheet prompts students to fill in various social identities (such as race, gender, sex, ability disability, sexual orientation, etc.) and further categorize those identities based on which matter most in their self-perception and which matter most in others’ perception of them.
Learning goals can be: To encourage students to consider their identities critically and how identities are more or less keenly felt in different social contexts; to illuminate how privilege operates to normalize some identities over others and to sensitize students to their shared identities with their classmates as well as the diversity of identities in the classroom, building community and encouraging empathy.
(from University of Michigan LSA Inclusive Teaching, https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/inclusive-teaching/social-identity-wheel/)

The Social Identity Wheel handout

In the video below, a FIFSW field instructor and student demonstrate using the Social Identity Wheel in practicum.